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Mooney teen to serve on state panel

July 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced last week that more than 300 students representing 52 Ohio counties have been named to his office's Teen Ambassador Board for the upcoming school year.

The participants represent more than 160 schools throughout the state.

Among that 300 is Cardinal Mooney junior Nicolina Aiad-Toss. She, like the other selected teens, found out about the program through their school officials.

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Mooney junior Nicolina Aiad-Toss has been named to the Teen Ambassador Board under the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

"I found out through Mooney counselor Toni Roseta," Aiad-Toss said. "She gave me the recommendation for the program."

The mission of the Teen Ambassador Board is to provide Ohio's future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. The board is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter, and online schools located in Ohio.

According to a press release on the program, board members advise the Attorney General's Office on issues relating to teens, and they work with their peers to develop solutions. They also attend presentations, hear from elected officials, interact with assistant attorneys general, and have the opportunity to participate in events around the state.

During the 2018 Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance and the 2017 Law Enforcement Conference, recent board members presented workshops on popular apps that teens use to help attendees understand the apps, potential dangers, and available security measures.

"We created this board to give Ohio high school students an opportunity to learn about law and government and to hear their ideas," Attorney General DeWine said. "We look forward to working with this group of students."

The first meeting of the new 2018 group will be in August. Aiad-Toss will join the rest of the 300 teens and will begin her own, year-long journey that will end in the summer of 2019. She hopes to learn a lot from the experience and is hoping it will help her on her career path.

"I am looking at either medicine or law," she said. "Both interest me, but I think being a part of this program will help me to choose. What I learn in the program I will likely be sharing with my classmates back at Cardinal Mooney."



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